Research Databases

Albany Public Library members have access to several online databases where you can find newspapers and research materials on many different subjects. If you are researching at home or school, enter your library card number to gain access to the database of your choice.

Searching a database is a little different than using an Internet search engine like Google, and specific strategies for combining search terms may be necessary to get the best results. The reliability of the information you can find in a database is well worth the extra effort, so please ask a librarian if you have any questions. We’re here to help!

NEW! Read today’s issue of the Times Union — along with full-text articles back through March 1986 — via NewsBank: America’s News.  (Click here for instructions)

Multi-Subject Databases

Academic One File Contains over 12,000 journals and reference sources; many are peer-reviewed and full text. It has extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and more.

Britannica Academic – Combines the venerable Encyclopedia Britannica plus Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, magazines and periodicals, and many other research tools to provide the variety of reliable sources that students need to consult when conducting thorough research.

General One File – Contains over 12,000 periodicals, newspapers, reference books, and multimedia sources, over half of which are full text. The backfile extends nearly 30 years. Subjects include humanities, education, environmental issues, technology, health care, politics and more.

Business & Finance 

Business Insights: EssentialsIncludes company profiles, industry reports and financial reports, as well as business magazines and newspapers. A great resource for business students.

Health and Medicine

Health Reference Center Academic – Includes over 2,800 health journals and magazines; many are full text. It contains nursing and allied health journals, other medical journals, newsletters, and consumer health magazines.


Times Union via NewsBank: America’s News – Read today’s issue of the Times Union! Follow these instructions to view searchable, full-color, digital issues from 12/18/2018 to the present. You can also read full-text articles from 3/1/1986 to the present and obituaries (no photos available) from 1993 to the present.

Users inside Albany Public Library locations, as well as those using our WiFi, will enjoy immediate access. Individuals using this service from outside APL will be prompted to enter an Albany Public Library card number.

America’s News also provides access to news and current event stories, including full-text articles (no photos) to some magazines, such as The Atlantic (1994-Present), Mother Jones (1994-Present), The New Republic (1993-Present), Newsweek (1991-Present), Slate (1994-Present) and Smithsonian (1994-Present).

Infotrac Newsstand – Features citations from several New York Newspapers and over 1,000 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers, including:

  • Albany Times Union indexed from 3/1/1986 through 4/29/2010
  • New York Times indexed from 1/1/1985 to the present

New York State Newspapers – Includes the following full-text newspapers from around New York State: Buffalo News, New York Times, New York Post, New York Observer, Syracuse Herald American, Syracuse Herald-Journal, and Syracuse Post-Standard.

Personal History Library Edition – Ancestry can be accessed from home, with your library card number, through May 31, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This collection, with thousands of databases and billions of indexed names, has unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada, Europe, Australia and other areas of the world!  

Resources for Kids & Teens

Britannica School – Offers thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, and recommended Web sites.  Available at three levels—Elementary, Middle, or High.

Britannica Escolar Discover the leading knowledge-building resource that is universally trusted for accurate and age-appropriate content in Spanish. New features make it more valuable than ever for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students, and students learning Spanish.

Kids Infobits – Contains over 100 age-appropriate magazines for grades K-5. Also includes Merriam-Webster’s Elementary Dictionary, maps, flags, seals, charts, and graphs.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context – Provides a great resource for current events, critical thinking, and writing students. Contains a range of perspectives on many important issues, with over 13,000 pro/con viewpoints. Includes a variety of resource types: reference, news, primary sources, multimedia, and more.